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August 21st, 2015

Djokovic, Murray Survive Scares In Cincinnati, Nadal Doesn’t; Federer Flies Past Anderson

Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were all pushed to the edge Thursday in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Roger Federer had an easy day.

Posted by Staff @ 12:55 am in Cincinnati | 176 Comments »

August 20th, 2015

Nadal Closes In On Federer QF Cincinnati Showdown; Murray v Dimitrov Thursday

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are one day from a QF collision in Cincinnati.

Posted by Staff @ 2:18 am in Cincinnati | 303 Comments »

August 16th, 2015

Cincinnati Previews: Federer, Serena Must Step to Challenges

All the big dogs take to the court on both the men’s and women’s sides in Cincinnati, which sees defending champ Roger Federer return to the court after skipping Montreal last week.

Posted by Special @ 1:10 pm in Cincinnati, Tennis | 17 Comments »

August 8th, 2015

Isner, Nishikori Headed Toward Final Meeting at Citi Open

“He takes really big cuts on the ball and if I miss my spot he really likes pace,” Isner said of Berankis. “He did it one time in the third set as well. He just caught fire and was swinging away. I didn’t panic because it was one set to go. I could have very easily lost that [second] set in a tiebreaker so it was all good.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:59 am in Tennis | 17 Comments »

August 7th, 2015

Montreal Preview: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray And Rafael Nadal Headline The Roger-Less Cup

Sean Randall previews the Montreal draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:51 pm in Canadian Open | 88 Comments »

August 5th, 2015

Andy Murray, John Isner In Action Today In Washington; Marin Cilic Wins At 2:30am

Andy Murray makes his summer hardcourts debut today.

Posted by Staff @ 12:31 pm in Washington | 25 Comments »

August 1st, 2015

Murray in, Serena Out on U.S. Hardcourts; ATP/WTA Previews

All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, but some potential interesting second-rounders with (12) Pospisil vs. (WC) Haas, (4) Gasquet vs. the hot-handed Muller, break-up boy (6) Dimitrov vs. the resurgent Baghdatis, and (7) Lopez vs. (WC) Hewitt on his retirement tour…

Posted by Staff @ 1:55 pm in Stanford, Tennis, Washington | 12 Comments »

July 7th, 2015

Federer, Murray Head Toward SFs, Djokovic Faces Cilic Test; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans

Sean Randall handicaps the Wimbledon men’s quarterfinals. Can the top 3 – Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray – advance to the semifinals?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:46 pm in Wimbledon | 341 Comments »

July 7th, 2015

Marin Cilic Will Try To Snap A 12-Match Losing Streak To Novak Djokovic In The Wimbledon QFs

Marin Cilic has never beaten Novak Djokovic, will it be lucky No. 13 on Wednesday in the men’s quarterfinals?

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:38 am in Wimbledon | 25 Comments »

July 6th, 2015

Djokovic Delayed; Federer, Murray Charge Into Wimbledon Quarters

“I got off to a good start and kept rolling,” said the seven-time Wimbledon champ. “Maybe Roberto wasn’t at his very best. Midway through the second, he hurt himself. Still, he was out there and he was actually still moving okay, so I had to put him away, which I was able to do.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:41 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 107 Comments »

July 4th, 2015

Federer, Murray Complete Top Dogs in R16 Saturday at Wimbledon

“The shoulder is fine,” said Murray. “You could probably see towards the end of the second set it was starting to tighten up and it cooled down as he took his injury timeout. I struggled a little bit in the second set but I was playing very aggressively at the end and finished the match as I want to go on.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:30 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 33 Comments »

June 23rd, 2015

I Have Novak Djokovic As My Early Wimbledon Favorite, But I’m Not Crazy About It

Some early thoughts on the Wimbledon favorites.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:28 pm in Wimbledon | 111 Comments »

June 14th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Federer, Murray, Nadal on Grass This Week

Four Top 10 players on the WTA tour take to the grass in Birmingham, while Roger Federer leads in Halle, and Andy Murray, French Open champ Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal at the Queen’s Club during week #2 of the 2015 grasscourt season.

Posted by Staff @ 2:23 pm in Grass season, Halle, Queens, Tennis | 24 Comments »

June 7th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal Helps Debut Stuttgart Grass Event

Notes: The tournament makes the switch to grass as part of the tour’s extended grasscourt season…Tough starts for (1) Nadal against the Baghdatis-Rosol winner, and (8) Troicki vs. Coric…Wildcards went to Germans Tommy Haas, Maximilian Marterer and Alexander Zverev…Pulling from the event were Julien Benneteau and Jiri Vesely…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Nadal (2007,’05) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 6:07 pm in Tennis | 39 Comments »

May 30th, 2015

Federer v Monfils, Berdych Also Battles Tsonga; French Open 4th RD Picks And Pans; Serena Survives

Will Gael Monfils finally beat Roger Federer in a Slam?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:34 pm in French Open | 114 Comments »